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|Hands-Free Calling ... Is It Really Safer? Considerations for Employers|
Matthew J. Riopelle; Foley & Lardner LLP;
May 16, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014As today’s vehicles become more integrated with cell phones, employers should consider adopting policies regarding employee’s use of personal and work issued cell phones. Many states have adopted laws prohibiting texting or the use of hand-held cell phones, but hands-free calling,...
|Ohio: Supreme Court Holds Local Income Tax Preempted for “Motor Transportation Companies”|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 13, 2014, previously published on May 1, 2014The Ohio Supreme Court has recently held that the Village of Seville’s (the Village's) income tax on net profits was preempted by a state law when such local income tax was applied to “motor transportation companies.” (Panther II Transp., Inc. v. Seville Bd. of Income Tax Rev.).
|A Peek at the NHTSA Provisions in the DOT's Transportation Bill|
Christopher H. Grigorian; Foley & Lardner LLP;
May 12, 2014, previously published on May 5, 2014Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled its long-term transportation bill, entitled the Grow America Act, which it is sending to Congress for consideration. Among other things, the bill contains several provisions that enhance the National Highway Traffic Safety...
|Off With Your Head(quarters)? Oklahoma's Headquarters Deduction Survives Constitutional Challenge|
Timothy A. Gustafson, Kathryn E. Pittman; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
May 5, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014The Oklahoma Supreme Court held Oklahoma’s deduction for capital gains arising from the sale of a company headquartered in the state for three or more years does not violate the dormant commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution. The taxpayer, a California company with its headquarters in...
|Environment Canada Issues Hydrofluorocarbon Reporting Requirement|
Dentons Canada LLP;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 29, 2014On April 7, 2014, the Minister of the Environment issued a Notice with respect to hydrofluorocarbons (the “Notice”), pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The Notice imposes reporting requirements on those who imported, exported, or manufactured certain...
|OSHA Comments on Distracted Driving Initiative|
John D. Surma; Adams and Reese LLP;
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014In OSHA’s April 15, 2014, issue of “Quick Takes,” its bi-monthly newsletter, the agency commented on the US Department of Transportation’s national campaign to stop texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving. OSHA took the opportunity to remind employers of...
|PennDOT Shortlists Four Teams for its Rapid Bridge Replacement P3 Project|
April 28, 2014, previously published on April 16, 2014The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) has announced that based upon responses to PennDOT’s request for qualifications for its Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, a public-private partnership involving the construction of more than 500 bridges, it will invite four...
|The Fifth Circuit Holds that a Shipyard Repair Supervisor is a Jones Act Seaman|
William C. Baldwin; Jones Walker LLP;
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014In Naquin v. Elevating Boats, L.L.C. , -- F.3d --, 2014 WL 917053 (5th Cir. Mar. 10, 2014), the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury's finding that a vessel repair supervisor at a shipyard facility was a Jones Act seaman. This case may mark an expansion of the spectrum of...
|Pivotal LNG Requests FERC Ruling on LNG Terminal Definition and LNG Transportation Jurisdiction|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014Pivotal LNG has filed a petition for declaratory order with FERC seeking a ruling that existing LNG production facilities not otherwise subject to FERC’s jurisdiction under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act would not be deemed “LNG terminal[s]” subject to Section 3 jurisdiction by...
|Utilities Feel Effects of Rail Disruptions|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014On April 10, representatives for companies that rely on rail shipments appeared at a Surface Transportation Board (STB) hearing to highlight the problems that recent rail shipment disruptions have caused in their industries and to ask STB to take steps to reduce these disruptions.